Tomorrow is National Blessings in a Backpack Day!
City of Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Maury Elementary School Principal Lucretia Jackson, and the Maury community will commemorate the kick-off of the Blessings in a Backpack program in Alexandria that will feed 50 Maury students on weekends throughout the school year. Mayor Euille and Ms. Jackson will pack the first bags that will be delivered to students on Friday.
The event kicksoff tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 18, 2014) at 8:15 AM in front of Maury Elementary School.
In June 2014, the United States Conference of Mayors adopted Thursday, September 18, 2014 as “Blessings in a Backpack Day”, whereby mayors across the United States will participate in backpack-stuffing events, and providing food for children in their communities who need it most. In addition, this is a celebration of the first Blessings in a Backpack program in the City of Alexandria. It is expected that the program will grow to other areas throughout the Alexandria where needed.
For more information about Blessings in a Backpack, please visit the website at www.BlessingsinaBackpack.org.
To donate online or by mail, please designate your contribution to Matthew
Maury Elementary School.
zpizza’s national Pop-Up City Tour is coming to Virginia THIS Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. to share its love for fresh ingredients and gourmet pizza! As part of the tour, zpizza is hosting FREE pizza sampling days at select store locations so residents can experience its new and unreleased brick-fired artisan pizzas that are being considered as future menu offerings. Guests who attend will be able to taste its new mouthwatering pizza creations, and can also win fun prizes and coupons for future visits.
The locations around Alexandria that are participating are:
As we celebrate another Constitution Day, we should take time to reflect on the awesome gift of the Constitution and work to commit ourselves further to the principles of our Founding Fathers.
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.
While some consumer prices on goods are falling, food prices continue to rise. The price of ground beef just broke the $4 a pound barrier. Check out how much the price has risen in just the last few years.
Via CNS News
Although the overall Consumer Price Index dropped by 0.2 percent in August, the price index for food rose 0.2 percent, with the average price for a pound of ground beef rising to $4.013 per pound–the first time it has ever topped $4 per pound.
In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a pound of ground beef had been $3.884 per pound—which was the record price up to that point. From July to August, the average price jumped 12.9 cents, an increase of 3.3 percent in one month.
A year ago, in August 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.454 per pound. Since then, it has climbed 55.9 cents–or about 16.2 percent.
Just five years ago, in August 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $2.134, according to the BLS. The price has since climbed by $1.879 per pound—or 88.1 percent.
Read more at this link.
Treat your pooch to a late summertime dip at the City of Alexandria’s Tenth Annual Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.at the Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron Street in Alexandria, Virginia.
Following the end of the summer pool season, this annual event provides dogs with the opportunity to swim and play games in one of the City’s pools. This year, due to the generous donation by Your Dogs Best Friend, admission is free! Register Online Now (activity number 140950).
Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older, and cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs. Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck. All dogs should wear current vaccination tags or must have a current rabies certificate or letter from their veterinary stating that they have received the shots in order to gain entry to the event. Space is limited to 100 dogs in the pool area at one time.
For additional information, call Ralph Baird, Aquatics Supervisor, at 703.746.5435. For more event listings, visit our community events calendar.
The Rock ‘n’ Stroller 5K, going on this Sunday morning, is designed for families and strollers so you won’t be banished to the back of the pack … you’ll BE the pack! And when you get back from your run/walk, you’ll experience the Freakin’ Fabulous Family Fun Festival with fun for all (with the Rocknoceros performing). The Run Start/Finish is at John Carlyle Square Park in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.
For more details, check this link in our community events calendar.
Here’s a map of the event (click on the image for larger):
For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.